Micro-Scale Regenerative Heat Exchanger

Matthew Moran, Stephan Stelter, Manfred Stelter
2004 CANEUS 2004 Conference on Micro-Nano-Technologies   unpublished
A micro-scale regenerative heat exchanger has been designed, optimized and fabricated for use in a micro-Stirling device. Novel design and fabrication techniques enabled the minimization of axial heat conduction losses and pressure drop, while maximizing thermal regenerative performance. The fabricated prototype is comprised of ten separate assembled layers of alternating metal-dielectric composite. Each layer is offset to minimize conduction losses and maximize heat transfer by boundary layer
more » ... isruption. A grating pattern of 100 micron square non-contiguous flow passages were formed with a nominal 20 micron wall thickness, and an overall assembled ten-layer thickness of 900 microns. Application of the micro heat exchanger is envisioned in the areas of micro-refrigerators/coolers, micropower devices, and micro-fluidic devices. I. * This was raised to 20 µm for the final design due to fabrication feasibility concerns with the process used. † Or, in the case of the proposed micro-scale Stirling device, the volume swept out by the moving diaphragms. Table I. Constant parameters for the design trade analysis
doi:10.2514/6.2004-6730 fatcat:ahx2hytuyrfhxfl2niqqrsj4sy